Santa Rosa Current
10/08/2009 06:08 PM
On June 2, 2009, the next stage began in the ongoing civil trial to determine possession of the Santa Rosa estate. Throughout June and into July, a handful of witnesses provided testimony regarding the Santa Rosa estate and its traditional use by the Mapuche people, as well as the land reclamations carried out by the Santa Rosa community.
The hearings were attended by Edgardo Manosalva, the attorney representing Santa Rosa; Martín Iturburu, the attorney representing the Benetton-owned Compañía de Tierras de Sud Argentino (CTSA); Rosa Rua Nahuelquir, representative of the Santa Rosa community; and, in some instances, a member of the media. Testimonies were heard and recorded by a judicial secretary at the courthouse in Esquel.
The witnesses ...
10/06/2009 04:17 PM
University College of London
I first went to the hut of Rosa and Atilio of the Mapuche Santa Rosa community, Chubut Province, Patagonia, at 8am on a cold morning. The hut is set next to a wooden bridge over a babbling brook, in a valley surrounded by high peaked, snow-clad mountains. When I knocked on the wooden gate, I was nervous to see huge brightly colored placards declaring the struggle that the Santa Rosa Mapuche community were waging against Benetton to reclaim their land. Yet, after shouting ´hola´ several times, Rosa came out briskly, followed by a trail of chickens, to see who was calling. I followed her inside the hut, to a warmly lit hearth. Thus, began my journey to engage and understand more about the Mapuche and ...
01/03/2009 02:38 PM
By Francesca Fiorentini
Source The argentimes.com
“We want simple things,” Atilio Curiñanco of the Santa Rosa community says to me through a crackling connection. “Most people don’t understand that.”
It is 11th February, and in three days the families of the community of Santa Rosa will mark the two-year anniversary of their reclamation of their ancestral territory.
In the early hours of 14th February 2007, Atilio, his wife Rosa Nahuelquir, and 30 others of Mapuche descent stepped over a rusted fence and began cultivating and camping on a piece of land from which their grandparents had been displaced ...
25/02/2009 01:32 PM
By Thato Motaung
Mapuche means “people of the land”. They constitute the third largest indigenous group of people in South America and occupy ten million hectares of land in both Chile and Argentina. However, the relentless confiscation of their territory by military insurgents and transnational corporations has left them landless; and with no land, there is no Mapuche.The Mapuche have for three centuries endured systematic attempts to repossess their land, withstanding attempts orchestrated by the Inca, then the Spaniards and later by the Chileans. Today, their greatest enemy are multilateral development banks and transnational corporations such as the Angelini and ...
25/05/2008 01:11 PM
The multinational company Benetton filed a “promissory restitution” claim in the Esquel justice system at the beginning of March for the 565 hectares recovered by the Santa Rosa Leleque Community, believing “irreparable damage” to have been made to the site.
At the request of the Mapuche and their lawyers, the examining magistrate, Omar Magallanes, made an onsite visual inspection on the morning of Friday 9th May for the purposes of verifying these claims. The following day, in Cuesta del Ternero (Rio Negro), Rosa Nahuelquir and Atilio Curinanco gave details of the judge’s visit and the continuing attempts by Benetton to evict them. They also displayed support for the Mapuche Quintupuray Community in their ...
05/05/2008 03:03 PM
Next Next Friday, the 9th of May, at ten in the morning, Dr. Omar Magallanes, one of the judges from the court departments of Esquel, will undertake an inspection of the land recovered by the Mapuches- the community Santa Rosa-Leleque.
The afore mentioned inspection is in response to a petition made by the community themselves in retalliation to the charges made by the judge stating that, ‘Irreperable damages were made to the disputed land’ following a deunciation made in March this year by the Benetton group.
In this opportunity, the company claims that the rules laid down before in March 2007 by Judge Magallanes have not been upheld. The community were prohibited from making any modifications or changes to the land, and ...